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  • Raytheon EO/IR System for Navy Advances to Production
Dec 2007
Raytheon Co. of Waltham, Mass., said it achieved a milestone in the US Navy's Zumwalt-class destroyer program after a design review of the ship's electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) system; the Navy has given Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems the go-ahead for production. The EO/IR system enables 360°, 24-hour situational awareness, automated mine-like object detection, and guidance for defense gunnery. It can discern targets day and night and in high- and low-contrast environments. Five sets of hardware and embedded software the five sensors to be combined and used together or individually on five separate missions. Raytheon will complete the EO/IR "sensor-to-glass" thread, from target detection to workstation display.

The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
1. A generic term for detector. 2. A complete optical/mechanical/electronic system that contains some form of radiation detector.
A combination of components arranged so as to perform at least one function.
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